Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA FL 33951-0506

Our Mission: Preserve the rich history of the Punta Gorda area through the beauty of mural art.

Our Vision: Position Punta Gorda as a major Mural City and destination location for visitors, tourists, etc. while educating the Community about our history.

Our Values:

  • Quality – Professionally create and maintain our mural art.
  • Integrity – Perform extensive research to ensure accurate depiction of our history.
  • Education – Create an educational vehicle for children, students and adults to learn about art and our history.
  • Collaboration – Partner with other Community organizations to expand the impact of our efforts.

Established in 1995, the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) is a non-profit, 501c(3) organization managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  With strong Community support the PGHMS has created 30 murals throughout our city.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Punta Gorda Mural Society
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1995
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
PGHMS - IRS 501 (c) (3) LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Continue to teach the "History of Punta Gorda Seen through it's Murals" class in conjunction with FGCU.  This class presents the rich history of our area as depicted in our historical murals and received high attendance throughout the year.
  • Increased awareness of the Mural Society by greatly increasing LIKEs on Facebook, and expanding our Walking Mural Tour program to private groups.
  • Creation and dedication of the "Our First Firehouse" mural located on the walls of Fire Station #1 in Punta Gorda.
  • Continue to provide our Mural Walking Tour Program in conjunction with FGCU. 
  • Completed 2-year restoration project of "Building A Community" Mural originally painted in 2001.
  • Creation and dedication of the "Ladies Remembered" mural located at Bayside Eye Center; First mural solely dedicated to the women of our past.
  • Recruited 3 additional Board Members.
  • Continue to expand the number of murals capturing even more history through this art form.
  • Raise the funds needed for our next mural - our Harborwalk mural that will capture the past and present marine life of Charlotte Harbor.
  • Work with the New Operations Cooper Street organization to restore the "Developing Minds & Bodies" Mural.
  • Begin working with Charlotte County library services on proposed mural for the new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library slated to be completed in 2019.
Needs Statement
  1. Funds are needed for a major educational mural project.  Our Harborwalk Mural will capture the vast array of marine life that existed in Charlotte Harbor from the early years to present day.  This mural will encourage education of our past as well as continuing and future conservation.  (Approximate Cost $32,000).  $20,000 has been raised to date.
  2. Funds are needed for the replacement of our "Developing Minds and Bodies" Mural which has deteriorated over the years.  Adorning the walls of the New Operations Cooper Street Rec Center, this mural captures the history of this vital organization and facility.  (Approximate Cost $30,000).
Background Statement

The Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society (PGHMS) started with Dr. Robert Andrews’ dream to feature historic and educational murals around the City of Punta Gorda.  Dr. Andrews contacted the Punta Gorda Business Alliance (forerunner of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce) in 1993 for help in promoting the idea.  The proposal was an instant hit and a committee was formed.

Through a lot of effort and support, the PGHMS was organized in late 1994 and approved to operate as a 501c(3) non-profit organization in early 1995.   Plans began for the first mural location, theme and artist selection.

The large wall on the south end of what was once the Punta Gorda Mall, located at 115 Tamiami Trial (US 41-North) was identified as a potential site.  With support from the mall owner painting by the local artist Tom Graham began in January 1995.  The mural was finished in September and the dedication took place on October 11, 1995.  With the first mural completed, the PGHMS was off and running.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The historic murals spur interest in the area and lead the viewer to ask "What's the story behind this mural?".  The mural art also attracts tourists to the area promoting Punta Gorda as a destination spot for visitors.
The Board of Directors has a strong sense of community and always seeks project input from agencies representing the populous including:  Historic Preservation Advisory Board, Punta Gorda History Center, Charlotte County History Center, and Punta Gorda City Council.   This input is imperative to creating well received and high quality works of art.

In 2016 the Mural Society developed a 1.5 hour class that presented the murals in chronological order based on the history depicted in each mural.  The class quickly expanded and is now taught in two parts covering all 30 murals and over 450 years of local history.  The class is taught throughout the year at the local FGCU campus in downtown Punta Gorda.

The Class helps to education the community and visitors about the Mural Society while presenting the rich history of the area. 

Budget $200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The class has been and continues to be very successful, with class sizes from 10-35 per session.  These steady attendance numbers reflect the interest in and the quality of the class and the interest in the Mural program.

Long Term Success

The class provides the detailed background and mission of the Mural Society.  Students often request to be added to the Mural Society's enewsletter distribution list and are given contribution envelopes to use then or in the future.  This connects them to the ongoing work and projects.  Many become donors.

Program Success Monitoring

The Mural Society is given the results from each classes survey.  Contribution envelopes received after the class attest to the success of the class and interest in supporting our programs.

Program Success Examples

Since beginning this class in 2015, student feedback has been consistently positive.  Our enewsletter distribution list has grown with each class and we average 3-4 donors per class. 


During season (January - March) the Mural Society offers 2 hour Walking Tours of the downtown murals through our local FGCU campus as well as to private organizations.  The history of the Mural Society, it's operations and the history depicted in each mural is presented.

Budget $200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists' Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The tours offered through FGCU are typically sold out well in advance and we average 5-6 private organization tours per season.  Private organizations reach us through our website.

Long Term Success  The long term goal of this program is to educate the community about the Mural Society and our rich local history.  By doing so, the community becomes educated and more supportive of the organization through fundraising event participation and donations.
Program Success Monitoring

Tour guides monitor the feedback from the participants during the tour and provide readouts to the BOD.

Program Success Examples

The offered tours consistently sell out and the number of private organization tours are increasing each year.  Donations taken during the tour bring an average of $600 to the organization each year.

We offer free presentations to all local organizations and facilities.  The presentation is typically 45-60 minutes in length and provides an overview of the Mural Society, upcoming classes and tours, recent and future mural projects, and how folks can get involved and support the Mural Society.
Budget $100
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other History & Historical Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
Requests for presentations come in through our website, social media or direct contact with a Board member.  Many local organizations and facilities look for short programs for their meetings or residents and this provides a short history educational presentation as well as an introduction to the Mural Society and our mission.
Attendees often are involved in other organizations or facilities and pass on the word leading to more presentations. 
Long Term Success
The long term goal of these presentations is to educate the community about the Mural Society; who we are, what we do, and how we do it as well as pass on a small amount of local history.
This education results in increase support for the organization and our mission. 
These presentations often lead to attendees signing up for our classes and tours. 
Program Success Monitoring
The schedule of completed and upcoming presentations is reviewed at each Board meeting. We also receive feedback through social media channels as well.
Program Success Examples
At the most recent Giving Challenge, we had several donors mention that they were introduced to us via these presentations.
Also our enewsletter distribution list had grown by over 200 entries over the past year due to these presentations, classes and tours.
Program Comments by Organization

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email kgaylord320@gmail.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 25
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Punta Gorda Historical Society
  • Punta Gorda History Center
  • Charlotte County History Center
  • Charlotte County History Center Society
  • Charlotte County Arts & Humanities
  • Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center
  • Team Punta Gorda
  • Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association
  • Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce
  • Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kelly Gaylord
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Board Chair Email kgaylord320@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Debby Carey Community Volunteer
Kelly Gaylord Community Volunteer
Suzanne Ivaska Community Volunteer
Mary Mazur Community Volunteer
Frank Mazur Community Volunteer
Carol Nielsen Community Volunteer
Bry Phipps Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau
Marque Lynn Raposa Community Volunteer
Libby Schaefer Community Volunteer
Lisa Wargo Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 74
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization

Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $52,830.00
Projected Expenses $69,700.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$36,513$48,058$0
Administration Expense$2,932$4,024$4,640
Fundraising Expense$798$313$1,233
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.272.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%92%0%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%0%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$69,010$0
Current Assets$0$69,010$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$69,010$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $34,343Contributions, gifts, grants $45,738Contributions, gifts, grants $11,231
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $6,500Federated Campaigns $17,797Fundraising $6,296
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $20Fundraising $3,039Other $29
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%--
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information is taken from compilations as the organization filed Federal Form 990-N with the IRS.
Nonprofit Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society Inc
Address PO BOX 510506
PUNTA GORDA , FL 33950 0506
Phone 941 979-2786